August 4, 2006 Subject:
Came to SLC for the Waltz
What seems "significant" historically seems to change as the days go by. At the time, Stone->Devil's Waltz hadn't been played in exactly five months. To put it in perspective, The Disco Biscuits weren't overloaded with developed numbers to enable the brief retirement of two songs from their first album, "Enchephalous Crime." So as minor as it seems today, the bust out of this duo was fairly large to the fans of the day. Why did they basically perform it to a crowd of no one in the middle of no where?
Myself, Barry Dillman, Brian Bethman and my then girlfriend had made the LONG drive from Reading, PA out to the Boise show a couple nights before...and also caught this one. In between these two shows, we decided to go to Reno...because in our warped minds, another eight or so hours from Boise wasn't that big of a deal. On our leg from Reno to SLC, we passed through the salt flats (beautiful) and approached the house that Mormon built. Entered a diner and felt completely out of this world. Ate quickly and headed to the venue.
The Ritz "Club" was actually connected to a bowling alley. WTF?! Whatever. As we entered the bar area, there was actually an inset stage at the far end and plenty of danceroom.....obviously. Besides my crew, there was Clay Belknap and a friend....and I can't remember whose source ulimately circulates. But both Clay and I (using Gopper's rig) taped this brief show. At this point, I haven't relistened to this show for many years. I've always had a tape copy from the masters...but decided to get it on CD. All I remember was thinking, "is this it?" Not that the music was bad, but they apparently wanted to get out of dodge as quickly as possible....as if it were common place to have cross country fans show support. At least it gave us a early start to Boulder, CO.
Thanks for the Stone Waltz!
March 10, 2006 Subject: